So over the past few years my husband and I have been through a lot between my getting really sick with my UC, trying to get pregnant and rounds and rounds of fertility treatments, my pregnancy loss in 2006, and the loss of our baby via surrogate at 19w3d about
six weeks ago. Last year when I got really stressed over a failed cycle I got Shingles and came out of remission shortly thereafter. Six weeks ago we lost the baby; the following week I had a (scheduled) tonsillectomy; got a case of Bronchitis that the docs could not heal even after 8 days in the hospital then two more weeks at home on similar treatment. Long story short (sort of), I get hives when I am really stressed and I've had them now since Friday, even waking up with them during the night. They are everywhere - on my scalp down to my legs. Today my hands swelled up and hurt like crazy. I am taking two Benadryl every two hours and I am now taking Prednisone AGAIN which I just got massive doses of in the hospital (both per my doc's instructions.) Nothing phases them - I am scratching until there is blood. I know, gross. I've tried Aveeno baths, etc. I do have Xanax I can take but not sure I can take that with Benadryl. Please share your stress relievers with me - how can I shut down my brain?. I am considering yoga, therapy, accupuncture..and anything else that might help. I can't exercise much right now b/c they are trying to diagnose a secondary breathing issue (even longer story.) Thanks for reading my long rant and in advance for your suggestions.